Granola Bars

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I made these to take to a friend’s brunch on Christmas Eve.  They are super easy to make and are just delicious.  You will never buy granola bars again.

The recipe calls for pumpkin seeds, nuts, etc., but at my local grocery store they sell something called Brain Food.  The one type that I chose was pumpkin seeds, nuts, and raisins mixed together so I used the entire container of this (I think it was 16 oz) instead of each individual ingredients.  I also added a small bag of dried cranberries.  I used fat free sweetened condensed milk to save some calories and this worked perfectly and is how I will make them in the future.

I found the recipe on Allrecipes and it’s a keeper!

Granola Bars

2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup dried cranberries
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)

Preheat an oven to 350º.

Line a 13×9-inch pan with lightly-greased parchment paper; an inch or so of parchment paper should stick up on 2 sides to form lifting handles.

Mix both oats, pumpkin seeds, both nuts, cranberries, and sweetened condensed milk together in a bowl and spread into the prepared pan, evenly pressing into the corners and out to the sides.

Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden brown, 20-25 minutes, using slightly less time for chewier bars and slightly more time for crunchier bars.  I went longer for crunchier bars.

Let the bars cool for 5 minutes in the pan before using the parchment paper to lift them from the pan. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars. Let the bars cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Makes 24 bars.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Happy Cooking!

A NEW Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway!

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THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!!!!!

Starting off the new year with a new Gooseberry Patch giveaway!!

This time I am giving away a copy of  Fresh from the Farmstand which is chock full of recipes that use all those favorite veggies and fruits from your local farmstand.  There are 6 chapters, from breakfast to dessert and so many delicious recipes to try.

This week I’ll be making and posting a few recipes from this cookbook!

Last night I made Quick 40-Clove Chicken submitted by Sharon Velenosi of Stanton, CA.  I halved the recipe since I was cooking for just Mr. Meat Eater and myself but I used about 30 cloves of garlic.  I did have to cook mine much longer than the recipe stated and I stuck it under the broiler for a couple of minutes to brown it up.  I squished the garlic on top of the chicken and it was delicious!

Quick 40-Clove Chicken

8 boneless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
40 cloves of peeled garlic
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Season chicken with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil. Place in a baking dish in a single layer and scatter garlic cloves over the chicken.

Cover and bake at 400º for 20 minutes; sprinkle with parsley. Continue baking, uncovered, for 10 more minutes or until juices run clear. I ended up baking mine close to an hour but they were thick breasts; thinner ones would cook much quicker.

Makes 8 servings.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Now for the giveaway ~ to be entered, just reply ON THIS POST ONLY that you would like to be entered.  The contest will run until Monday, January 16 at noon.   That’s it!  Easy peasey.   If you have any questions, just email me at a_recipe_a_day at yahoo dot com.

Happy Cooking!

Here’s to a New Year!

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I always love the new year.  This year we have my daughter’s wedding in June to look forward to.  We are all very excited about it!

On my Facebook page for A Recipe A Day, I said that I don’t like resolutions.  In fact, I hate the word.  It sets me up for failure.  I usually make goals and my goals for this year are more cooking, more blogging, more reading, more crocheting, teach myself to knit, and work on that household organizing that always seems to get away from me.   What are your goals for this year?

I decided to start the new Gooseberry Patch giveaway tomorrow instead of today since it’s a busy day.  We are taking down the few decorations I put up this year and watching football and basically sitting on our butts.

Last night, Mr. Meat Eater and I stayed home and grilled steaks and watched movies.  I made garlic mushroom steak which is one of my favorite recipes.  It’s super easy, can be used on any cut of steak, and is delicious!

I got this recipe off a now non-existent message board on AOL years ago.

Garlic Mushroom Steak

Steak:
1/4 cup steak sauce
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp brown sugar, packed (use more if you want it sweeter)
3 New York strip steaks (use your favorite cut)

Mushrooms:
2 (8 ounce) pkgs mushrooms, sliced
2 tbsps olive oil
2 tbsps soy sauce
2 tsps steak sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsps chopped fresh parsley

Steak: Mix the steak sauce, onion, and brown sugar in a ziplock bag, add the steaks, and smoosh it around (after closing the bag) to make sure all the steak is covered. Marinate at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. I usually marinate about 5-6 hours.

Mushrooms: Mix the sliced mushrooms with all the ingredients except the parsley in a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake at 350º for 10 minutes, uncover and stir, return to oven for another 8-10 minutes.  You can also put this all in some heavy-duty aluminum foil and toss on the grill with the steaks.

Remove the steaks from the marinade (throw away any leftover marinade) and grill to your desired degree of doneness.

Makes 3 servings.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Happy Cooking!